Who we are
What we do

The Hospitals and Health Care Facilities Licensing Board was established to monitor, regulate and inspect hospitals and health care facilities in The Bahamas. This Board functions according to the Hospitals and Health Care Facilities Act, 1998 and the Hospitals and Health Care Regulations, 2000.

The functions of the Board are:

  • To issue licenses for the use of buildings as hospitals and/or health care facilities.
  • To inspect hospitals and health care facilities.
  • To initiate investigations into any matter affecting the management, diagnosis or treatment of a person within a hospital or health care facility.
  • To appoint qualified people (not those engaged in the management of a hospital or health care facility or employed by a hospital or health care facility) to be inspectors for the purposes of this Act.
  • To do such other things as may be prescribed by this Act or any other written law.

The Board consists of 9 members:

  • The Chief Medical Officer to the Ministry of Health.
  • 1 medical practitioner selected by the Medical Association of The Bahamas.
  • 1 dental practitioner selected by the Bahamas Dental Association.
  • 1 nurse selected by the Nurses Association.
  • 1 member of the public.
  • 4 persons (other than medical practitioners) qualified as having had experience or having shown capacity in matters relating to industry, commerce, finance, law and administration.

The Minister appoints, from among Board members, a Chairman and Deputy Chairman. After consultation with Board members, the Minister may also make regulations that provide for:

  • The construction, establishment, licensing, alteration, safety, equipping, maintenance and repair of hospitals or health care facilities.
  • The classification, grades and standards of hospitals and health care facilities.
  • The inspection, control, government, management, conduct, operation and use of hospitals or health care facilities.
  • The qualifications of Administrators of hospitals and health care facilities and of staff, officers, servants and employees of hospitals or health care facilities and the powers and duties thereof.
  • The qualifications, powers and duties of inspectors.
  • The admission, treatment, care of, discharge of patients and the control of the admission of any class of patient.
  • The facilities and services to be provided in hospitals or health care facilities.
  • The form of applications for licenses.
  • The records, books, reports and returns to be made and kept in respect of hospitals or health care facilities and the production to and inspection by the Board, or any person authorised by the Board, of such records, books, reports and returns. Fees and reports to be submitted to the Board by a hospital or health care facility.
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Staff Members

Ms. Elsie Strachan
Office Manager

Ms. Susan Rolle
Receptionist

Ms. Bernadette Godet
Facilities Inspector

Board Members
Michaela Sumner- Budhi
CHAIRMAN

Attorney-at-Law
Doctor’s Hospital
302-4717 / 557-1546
msumnrbudhi@gmail.com

Dr. Charles Graham Cates
Deputy Chairman

Medical Doctor

Family Medicine

702-9310 / 422-4991

gcates@

familymedicinecenter.org

www.familymedicinecenter.org

Dr. Pearl McMillan
ACTING CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Medical Doctor

Ministry of Health

5024853 / 50247500

PearlMcmillan@bahamasgov.bs

Dean Patrick Adderley
Member

Dean Christ Church Cathedral

322-4186

thedean@batelnet.bs

Dr. Gill Gibson
Member

Dental Practitioner

Bay View Dental

393-9050

bvd95@coralwave.com

Ms. Patricia Smith
Member

364-4524 / 424-4377

patriciacsmith@hotmail.com

Ms. Peggy Cooper
Member

School of Nursing

362-1529 / 395-9666

annpc@hotmail.com

Ms. Vernell Butler
Member

Family Guardian

364-3364 / 396-1410 / 424-1288

vernelle@hotmail.com

Mr. Harold Antor
Member

Tristar Insurance Agents & Brokers Ltd.

376-6628 / 502-9400

hantor@tristarinsurance.net